Representative and Director for European Affairs, Center for Democracy & Technology
Jens has, for the past 15 years, been engaged in European and international public policy, focusing on digital economy and technology policy, based in Brussels.
Prior to his current role with CDT, Jens had been working at Dell since 2007. He joined Dell to establish its European Government Affairs practice and set up its Brussels office. In his role as Director, Government Affairs, EMEA, Jens has been responsible for managing Dell's engagement with policy makers in the region, ensuring engagement on Dell's priority policy issues, building up support programmes for Dell's Public Sector businesses in major European markets, and advising management on to state aid and antitrust issues relating to Dell's operations in the European region. He also managed several high-profile engagements by senior Dell executives with policy makers and officials in Europe.
Before joining Dell, Jens managed Intel's EU Affairs team, based in Brussels. Jens and his team drove Intel's corporate and technology policy agenda, covering data protection, cybersecurity, telecommunications and spectrum regulation, copyright and digital rights management, as well as patents and standards policy and regulation. Jens personally led Intel's European policy work on digital content, copyright and DRM. He managed several engagements between Intel executives, and European Commissioners and Member State governments.
Previously, Jens headed the Technology, Media and Telecoms Practice of a leading European Public Affairs consultancy, Adamson BSMG Worldwide, where he managed a team of consultants advising clients such as IBM, Vodafone, Orange and Tele2 on telecommunications and information society policy.
He also worked for the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, managing staff support to the Telecommunications Subcommittee, and to the European-American Industrial Council, a group of 20 senior executives.
Jens has been an active and longstanding member of leading industry organisations, such as BSA - the Software Alliance, Digital Europe and the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, where he chaired committees and working groups.
Jens began his European affairs career as a trainee at the US Desk of the European Commission's Directorate General for trade and external affairs.